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First Day — Feb 01, 2019

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Today is the first day the following items have appeared in Around Town. Items are generally published a maximum of five times.)

EDUCATIONAL RETIREES

The Artesia Association of Educational Retirees will hold its regular monthly meeting at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at Hotel Artesia. Guest speaker is Stacy Heacox of Big Brothers Big Sisters.


(EDITOR’S NOTE: Around Town is intended to announce events of interest to the general public in Artesia and the immediate area. Announcements of club and nonprofit organizations, school activities, government events and church activities are generally included in Around Town.)

HARVEY

The Artesia Community Theatre will present “Harvey,” a play in three acts by March Chase, at 7 p.m. today and Saturday, Feb. 2, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students in grades K-12 and seniors ages 60 and up. Tickets may be purchased at the OPAC box office, by contacting Reginia at 365-8713, or at the door.

PAWS & CLAWS

Paws & Claws will distribute spay and neuter certificates to Eddy County residents only at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Artesia Animal Shelter, 501 Paddy Wagon Way. Saving spots in line is prohibited; one certificate per household. Donations are appreciated.

BASEBALL GOLF SCRAMBLE

The 18th Annual Step Up to the Plate Bulldog Baseball Golf Scramble will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Artesia Country Club. To register, call the pro shop at 746-6732.

CHRISTIAN CONCERT

Harvest Fellowship Church will host “The Encounter” tour, a Christian rap concert including members of Kingdom Muzic, at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) Saturday, Feb. 2., at 2307 W. Main St. The all-ages event is free to the public. For more information, contact Izaiah Gonzales at 308-1799 or Micah Howard at 703-2242.

AMERICAN LEGION

American Legion Post 41 will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at the United Veterans’ Building, 402 W. Hermosa Drive. Any veterans interested in joining are invited to attend. For more information, contact Betty at 365-6995.

COTTONWOOD 4-H

The Cottonwood 4-H Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, in the Eddy County Fairgrounds Community Building.

FREEMAN AVENUE CONSTRUCTION

Water line construction within the west side of the right-of-way on Freeman Avenue will begin Monday, Feb. 4, and proceed through March 31. Construction will start at the intersection of North Freeman and East Richey avenues and proceed south through the intersection of North Freeman and East Logan avenues. Through access of Freeman will be maintained.

ALTRUSA SMORGASBORD

The annual Altrusa Smorgasbord will be held from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, in the Park Junior High School cafeteria. Dine-in or carry-out options are available. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for children, and can be purchased from any Altrusa member, at Brown Drug, or at the door.

LODGERS’ TAX REQUESTS

The Artesia Lodgers’ Tax Committee is accepting applications for Lodgers’ Tax requests to assist with events that will draw overnight visitors from out of town to Artesia. Applications are due Monday, Feb. 11, and are available at the Artesia Chamber of Commerce, 107 N. First St., or online at http://www.artesiachamber.com. For more information, call 746-2744.

SOFTBALL BOOSTERS

The Lady Bulldog Softball Boosters will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at the Artesia Public Schools Administration Building, 301 Bulldog Blvd.

YARN UNITED

The Artesia Public Library’s Yarn United crochet and knitting club will meet at noon on the following Wednesdays: Feb. 13 and 27; March 13 and 27; April 10 and 24; and May 8 and 22.

BLOOD DRIVE

Vitalant will be conduct a blood drive from 2-5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in the Senior Center multi-purpose room.

LITTLE LEAGUE REGISTRATION

Registration for the 2019 season of Artesia Little League will be held through Feb. 15 online at tshq.bluesombrero.com/artesiall. New users must create an account; 2018 players should still have one. One in-person registration for those unable to pay online will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Artesia Public Schools Administration Building, 301 Bulldog Blvd. Log in to the website and create an account for the player prior to attending in-person registration. New players should bring a birth certificate. Cost is $60 per player, $10 discount for multiple children in the same household. For more information, email [email protected].

GOLF SCRAMBLE

The Artesia High School Lady Bulldog Softball Boosters will hold their Third Annual Six-Person Golf Scramble at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Artesia Country Club. Fee is $30 per person; first- through third-place payouts; hole prizes; mulligans, $5 each or 12 for $50; greens and cart fees not included for non-members; burritos, $3 each. To register, call the pro shop at 746-6732.

ALUMNI GAME

The Bulldog baseball team will hold its Second Annual Alumni Game Saturday, Feb. 16. To sign up to play, contact Leigh Ann Thomas at [email protected]. Include your name and graduation year.

BASKETBALL VEHICLE RAFFLE

The Artesia High School Basketball Boosters are holding their annual vehicle raffle for a Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback. Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased at home games or from any booster. Drawing will be held Friday, Feb. 22, during Pack the Pit night against Goddard.

GUN RAFFLE

The Bulldog Baseball Boosters are holding a gun raffle. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased from any baseball parent or by contacting Leigh Ann Thomas at 308-9073.

26th STREET CONSTRUCTION

Sweatt Construction Inc. has begun construction of a substation off of South 26th Street. Work will continue for the next two months and will involve shoulder work as well as equipment and materials arriving to the site. Motorists are urged to exercise caution when driving in the area.

LADIES’ BIBLE STUDY

All ladies are invited to participate in a lunch-hour Bible study covering the books of Ruth, Esther and Job from noon – 1 p.m. continuing each Thursday through April 4, 2019, at the First Baptist Church Total Life Center. For more information, contact Rita Derrick at 513-1523.

CHOIR BLANKETS

The Artesia High School Choir Boosters are selling Bulldog choir blankets for $40 each. They can be purchased at the AHS office, 1002 W. Richardson Ave. To reserve a blanket, call 746-9816.

RENTAL/MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE

The Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation is here to assist with rental/mortgage assistance or utility assistance. Individuals may come by 1313 Gilchrist Ave. or call 746-6712 to see if they qualify.

HEAD START APPLICATIONS

The Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation Head Start program is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 program year. Child MUST have turned 3 or 4 years old before Sept. 1, 2018. Children who turn 5 before Sept. 1 are not eligible. Enrollment is being scheduled at Artesia Head Start, 504 W. Gage Ave., 748-1141; Hagerman Head Start, 112 N. Cambridge, 752-4244; and Dexter Head Start, 401 C West Fourth St., 734-6104. For more information or to arrange a tour, contact your local Head Start.

ON THE MOVE

The On the Move Outreach Center, 515 W. Centre Ave., is open from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays. On the Move is also seeking board members and volunteers. For more information, call 708-0033.

COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY

Community Bible Study meets from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at First Baptist Church. The study is on the book of Acts. Child classes are available. For more information, email [email protected].

LITERACY COUNCIL

The Artesia Literacy Council office is open for registration and testing for the new year. Stop by to register or update information on file. A new evaluation method is being utilized to help better identify educational needs. Day and evening classes are available in pre-GED, ESL, basic literacy and citizenship. For more information, call 748-9740 or visit 1507 W. Hermosa Drive.

LITERACY TUTORS

The Artesia Literacy Council in in need of volunteer tutors. Need not speak Spanish or any other language to tutor. A commitment of one to two hours per week is all that is needed. Certify online. To volunteer or for more information, call 748-9740 or visit 1507 W. Hermosa Drive.

SENIOR CITIZENS LUNCH

The Artesia Moose Lodge, 2701 W. Main St., will serve lunch to senior citizens at 11 a.m. the first Saturday of each month.

AUXILIARY THRIFT SHOP

The Artesia General Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop, 611 N. First St., is open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. The shop is no longer offering bag sales. Donations can be dropped off during business hours.

ENGLISH CLASS

A free English as a second language class will be conducted at 7 p.m. Thursdays at 2519 W. Hermosa Drive. For more information, call 308-4700.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The Ocotillo Performing Arts Center is seeking volunteers/docents to help with tasks such as watching over the gallery, answering phones, taking messages, straightening up, etc. Volunteers can receive discounts on tickets, workshops, classes, etc. For more information, contact Laurie at the OPAC, 746-4212 or [email protected].

TOPS

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) is a weight-loss group that meets at 9 a.m. each Wednesday at the Senior Center. The group offers lessons on good nutrition and losing weight. Need not be a Senior Center member to attend. For more information, call 736-0250.

AUTISM SUPPORT

A support group is being formed for families of children with autism. For more information, contact Jessica at 420-1391 or Eric at 420-0059.

PLACED BY GRACE

A Placed by Grace adoption ministry meets at 3:30 p.m. the first and third Sunday of every month in the Harvest Fellowship Sanctuary, 404 W. Richey Ave. Anyone who has been part of an adoption is invited to attend. For more information, contact Harvest Fellowship at 746-6195.

CELEBRATE RECOVERY

Celebrate Recovery, a non-denominational, Christ-centered recovery program, is held each Tuesday at Hermosa Church of Christ. A meal is served at 6 p.m., followed by the program from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information or to volunteer, call 513-2709 or 308-9273.

MEALS ON WHEELS

Artesia Meals on Wheels is seeking volunteers. The organization delivers hot lunches to the elderly and individuals with disabilities. For more information on volunteering or registering a participant to receive meals, call 746-9642.

KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE

The Keeping the Dream Alive organization will meet at 5:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Artesia Center, 612 N. Eighth St. The public is invited to attend.

GRIEF SHARE

Lakeview Christian Hospice will offer Grief Share, a video and support group for those who have experienced the death of a loved one, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday mornings at the Senior Center, 202 Chisum Ave. For more information, contact Ronda Suderman King at 575-887-0933.

MOPS

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meets the first and third Thursdays of each month. MOPS is open to mothers with children ages newborn-kindergarten. This is a way to meet moms in the community. Childcare is provided. For more information, visit Artesia MOPS on Facebook.

SENIOR BINGO

The Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation’s senior citizens’ bingo program takes place at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS

Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. Monday through Friday at 312 W. Kemp Ave. Rides are available. For more information, call David any time, day or night, at 602-9210.